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My Mad Science Mentor: Part 1

My Mad Science Mentor: Part 1

Recently did this podcast thing which got me thinking about days long past and how events and people shape the person you eventually become. The ep in question digs into some of the events of my “dumb ol’ dad drama,” which is a ludicrous story to which I’ve never quite figured out my Hollywood ending, but the moral of which has basically settled in my psyche as ‘Parents are imperfect and people make stupid decisions and it sucks.’ My brother Bart apparently remembers me phrasing this somewhat differently, but give or take 20 years who knows what the hell I actually said? Give it a listen if you like and feel free to make all sorts of generalization about how the incident explains what a screwball I am.
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2019 Stock Taking

Every year one of the terrific peeps in one of my writing workshops makes an ambitious list of writing commitments and I’m always compelled to pitch in with my own, but as soon as I start typing it up, just the idea of making resolutions crystallized into a dense, sharp pit of anxiety in my gut. Because obviously, if I don’t tick all those goals by the end of the year, then, of course, I’m an utter failure who has wasted everyone’s time.

But 2019 is looking to be pretty busy with lots of travel, lots of networking and I think I’m gonna have to be a bit more proactive about time and goal management. And since I can’t think of a more non-committal step toward proactivity than undertaking a perfunctory blog list of resolutions, I thought I’d throw down few loose items of ‘Things I’d like to accomplish this year:’

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GirlDocs: BOMBSHELL & HALF THE PICTURE

GirlDocs: BOMBSHELL & HALF THE PICTURE

Was honored and excited to participate in Longleaf Film Festival’s screening of Amy Adrion’s documentary HALF THE PICTURE on Friday night at the NC Museum of History. I’d heard about the doc a while back through Seed&Spark and seen a bit of coverage after the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was eager to catch it.

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Recommends, Patreons of note.

Recommends, Patreons of note.

Say, Fall is a busy time of year, isn’t it? Kids back in school, holidays on the horizon, days getting shorter, undead rising from the grave and such. At this point in the year, I find most weekends devoted to football, festivals, and battling the fine-weather-fueled wanderlust. Not to mention diligently trying to hotfoot the short film along and it’s getting there, I promise!

In the meantime, I thought I’d take a minute to curate some recommendations if you’re looking for some new mild obsessions.

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Curate and Sparkle: Seed&Spark Workshop Recap

Attended the Seed&Spark Crowdfunding workshop at Durham’s NCGLFF this past weekend to help get my head around how people approach that platform and to scope out some best practices when crowdfunding for indie films. The event was lead by filmmaker Christina Raia from Seed&Spark, who has used the platform to make several projects, and overall it provided a nice overview of both Seed&Spark, and concepts for crowdfunding in general, that seem a bit obvious in retrospect, but weren’t immediate conclusions for me as I’ve been tooling around with their backend for a bit. Plus it was a really nice way to spend a Sunday morning, just chilling in Durham and hanging with a group of people (some familiar faces, some new faces) and discussing the challenges of indie filmmaking. Read more →

#silverfoxfriday: Lee Marvin in the Twilight Zone

#silverfoxfriday: Lee Marvin in the Twilight Zone

Over on the Twitter last week, I kicked off #silverfoxfridays with John Hannibal Smith. This came from inebriated conversations with friends about (weaponizing) past crushes and is really just an excuse for me to post pictures of rando handsome dudes that I find charming to my timeline to break up the usual feed of television angst, political weeping, and injudicial teeth-gnashing. This week, however, I’m taking it up a notch, because when I landed on my second choice for #silverfoxfriday — well, he gets plenty of coverage in my other social channels — I wanted to really dig in deep.

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